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Last Saturday, a marker was unveiled honoring the Malloy!Jordan East
Winston Heritage Center located on East Seventh Street. The mission of the
library branch is to preserve African-American heritage, history, and culture.
Photos by levin honson
City officials and other community leaders unveil a marker honoring the
Malloyljordan East Winston Heritage Center formerly known as the East
Winston Library last Saturday, May 21. The library is located on East Seventh
with historic marker
BY TEV1N STINSON
Last weekend elected officials and
other community leaders unveiled a his
toric marker honoring a library branch that
was built to serve the East Winston com
munity more than 60 years ago.
Since the early 1950s, the
Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage
Center, formerly known as the East
Winston Branch Library, has provided a
place for residents to go ar%i get resources
from the African-American perspective.
During the unveiling ceremony, Carl
E. Leak, a member of the Forsyth County
Historic Resources Commission, said the
maker placed outside the branch on East
Seventh Street will help residents remem
ber history and build excitement for the
Leak mentioned the marker not only
celebrates the library, but the people who
made it possible.
The land the 5,800-square foot build
ing stands on, was donated by Dr. H.D.
Malloy, Sr., his son Dr. H. Rembert
Malloy, and Dr. J.C. Jordan, African
American doctors who saw the need to
bring a library to the heart of the East
Winston area. The branch faces Kate B.
Reynolds Memorial Hospital where the
doctors worked. Better known as "Katie
B," the hospital was the first publicly oper
ated facility to treat African-Americans in
the city. ?
"This marker not only tells a story of a
building but of people as well," said Leak.
"I stand in awe here today recognizing the
importance of a library in this community
and the people who made it possible."
Council member Derwin Montgomery
said when he thinks about the M/JEWHC,
what stands out to him is the heritage and
history it represents. He said the branch
tells a story that continues to he told today.
"As we continue to move forward, this
isn't something we will look back and cel
ebrate, but something we celebrate in the
past, present and future," he said.
Montgomery noted, although we have
a lot to be graceful for and celebrate, we
must look toward the future and recognize
the opportunity that still exists for the
library in East Winston.
"The future is embodied by the past we
celebrate here today," he continued. "We
have to continue to ask ourselves what is
next to ensure that this heritage lives on."
Today, M/JEWHC has nearly 5,000
registered borrowers and offers a number
of programs including the Red Stiletto
Book Club, Shades of Forsyth oral history
program, and story time training for pre
school educators. The branch is also home
of the Children's Outreach Department of
the Library System.
Forsyth County Public Library
Director Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin said over
the years M/JEWHC has gone through
many challenges, but thanks to the com
munity and dedicated staff, the branch is
"This is our place, " she continued.
"This is where our history is and we need
to make sure it stays here."
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